Friday, September 21, 2012

Tragic Incident Involving MoDOT Worker

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker was killed this morning when he was struck while working an accident scene that had shut down I-70 Highway in Independence.

Our thoughts are with the family as they deal with this unexpected loss of their loved one. Sadly, this is just another incident involving a worker on the streets and highways and, according to MoDot, this is the 16th MoDOT employee to have been killed in the line of duty since 2000.

Whether it’s a law enforcement officer, fire department personnel, or one of the many DOT workers on the streets and highways, it’s imperative we do everything we can to protect those who work on our roadways.

Here in the state of Kansas, we have several laws specifically designed to protect these individuals:

Move Over Law:

Kansas law protects everyone who works along our highways. This includes maintenance crews, construction workers, law enforcement

officers and emergency responders. The law requires motorists on four-lane highways to switch to the lane farthest from any stationary vehicle displaying flashing lights, if they can do so SAFELY. On two-lane roads, motorists are required to slow down and proceed with caution.

Move It Law:

The "Move It" law states that all drivers involved in traffic crashes must move their vehicles out of the lane of traffic to keep traffic moving, except when there are injuries, the vehicle can't be moved or one of the drivers involved appears to be intoxicated.

KDOT Worker Memorial
 Let’s all do our part to help keep the roadways safe. Please slow down and move over for your safety, as well as for the safety of others.